Professor Michael Kpessa-Whyte

Prof. Michael Kpessa-Whyte is a solutions thinker and thought leader in governance and institutional design for effective and efficient policy outcomes. He is an Associate Professor of Public Policy and Governance working with the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, Legon. He obtained a Ph.D. in comparative politics with a specialization in public policy in 2009 from McMaster University, Canada. Earlier in 2005, he obtained a Master of Arts degree in political science focusing on international relations, having prior to that successfully studied for and was awarded a Bachelor of Arts in political science in 2001 by the University of Ghana. As part of a professional development strategy, Prof. Kpessa-Whyte also has a certificate in Social Policies for Development from the Ministry of Social Development and the Fight Against Hunger of Brazil, in partnership with the Brazilian Cooperation Agency in Brasilia in 2014; a certificate in Multi-Research Methods from the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR) in Kenya in 2012; a certificate in Competence-Based Learning from the Management for Development Foundation, West Africa (MDF), 2012; and an advanced certificate in Teaching, Learning, and Educational Technologies from Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, 2005.

Prof. Kpessa-Whyte has a vast experience in public sector governance having worked as a policy advisor in the office of the President of the Republic of Ghana from 2013 to 2016 and as the Executive Director of the Ghana National Service Scheme within the same period. He has consulted for several international and local organizations including the African Progress Group under the auspices of His Excellency Olusegun Obasanjo former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, the Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen, University of Nijmegen, and the Institute for Democratic Governance (IDEG), Accra Ghana. Prof. Kpessa-Whyte’s work has been recognized in the receipt of several awards including the Mobility Fund of the European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) in 2006,  the renowned United Nations Association Research Award Awarded by the United Nations Association of Canada, Hamilton, District in 2008, the highly competitive Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2010, Most Promising Researcher from the Faculty of Social Science, University of Ghana in 2012, and Postcolonialisms Today research grant by Regions Refocus USA in 2018.